Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Early Main Street scene


An early view of Main Street, taken from the Webster Street intersection, looking north. This image is from an old postcard, postmarked 1914.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Break time at the Northwestern Hotel

Taking a break from work at the Northwestern Hotel in Cuba City, 1940s. The hotel was located on the corner of Main and Webster, where Mound City Bank is today.


These lovely ladies have been identified as Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Clyde Banfield (who ran the Northwestern Hotel), Ilene (Richardson) Holt, Ione (Hoff) Hoyt, Bernice Opbroek, and Delores (Holt) Lowery.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Conlon Construction's roots

Conlon Construction got its start in Cuba City with founder R.F. Conlon. This advertisement includes an image of Conlon paving Cuba City's Main Street in 1915.


The advertisement is from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald's three-volume history of the tri-states, prepared for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.

Donohoo's advertisement, ca. 1976

Advertisement from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald's three-volume history of the tri-states, prepared for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cuba City's Ark

Advertising pieces such as these occasionally appear at local auctions or antique stores, but it is more difficult to find information about this business.


I have heard suggestions that The Ark was an arcade. A 1913-1914 business directory may also provide a clue. Ark Co. is listed as a general store, owned by G. C. Longendyke. Mr. Longendyke arrived in Cuba City in 1895 and owned several different businesses on Main Street.

Polk's Wisconsin State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1913-1914.